Democratic Presidential nominee hopeful Pete Buttigieg isn’t here for Kevin Hart’s selective amnesia over the existence of homophobia.
Hart recently sat down with It Boy of the moment Lil Nas X for HBO’s “The Shop: Uninterrupted.” Nas X opened up about his decision to come out in the middle of his breakout single Old Town Road’s historic chart run, a decision that was seen as revelatory for a number of reasons. Hart, however, didn’t seem to understand, nor did he want to.
“He came out as gay!” Hart interrupted. “So what?! Who cares?”
Nas X, however, gracefully continued to explain the importance of having such a megastar come out.
“It’s like knowing, growing up, like, I’m growing up to hate this shit,” Lil Nas X said of his sexual orientation. “I’m not supposed to ever like this.”
Hart, visibly uncomfortable, couldn’t be bothered to really listen to what was being said. Instead, he pretended not to see the issue. “Be like what? Hate what?” he said.
“Come on!” Lil Nas X responded. “If you’re really from the hood, you know!”
Buttigieg, during his appearance on “The Breakfast Club,” explained why Hart’s willful ignorance was so disappointing and damaging in what could have been a teachable moment.
“I think it was the fact that he found it necessary to interrupt Lil Nas X and jump in and let everybody know that he doesn’t care,” Buttigieg explained. “It’s almost like… I will say a lot of gay people hear that and hear something that might not be that different than what some folks hear when they hear somebody say ’I don’t see color…’ This is a thing, as much as we might want to believe that our marriages are gonna be treated the exact same, that we just move through society like everybody else and we’re just living our lives, no, this is actually a thing. Kids are putting bullets through their heads over this.”
Buttigieg finished by saying, “I think when somebody finds it necessary to wave their arms up and down and jump up and down telling you how much this isn’t a thing for them, it makes you wonder whether they’re being honest with themselves. In the same way that we can’t pretend that identities don’t exist, we can’t pretend that this isn’t a thing. It’s just to make sure we have a way of going through life that it’s not the only thing.”
This isn’t Hart’s first run in with the gay community, he came under fire earlier this year after receiving backlash for homophobic tweets made from 2009 to 2011, where he threatened violence against his son if he was caught playing with dolls. Hart also made various insults against other celebrities, calling them “fags.” He subsequently stepped down from hosting the 91st Academy Awards.
You can watch the full interview with Buttigieg below.